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Nearly 64,000 Hmong lived in Minnesota, according to the 2010 Census. Minnesota is home to the second-largest population of Hmong in the U.S. and St. Paul has more Hmong than any other metro area. More than half of the Hmong population in the U.S. was born in America.
The Hmong in Minnesota primarily arrived from Laos. They began immigrating to the U.S. in 1975, fleeing genocide and political persecution after the Vietnam War. In their native lands, most Hmong were farmers. Hmong Americans have tapped into their agricultural heritage and make up more than 50 percent of all the farmers in the Twin Cities metropolitan farmers markets.